Final Newsletter of the 2013-2014 Year, A Great Year at Bard Prep! – information on Summer Lessons, Summer Camp, Fall Registration, and 2014-2015 dates

The 2013-2014 year at Bard Prep has come to a close and it was a great year at Prep.  Seeing all of the musical and personal growth of the students every week of the year and hearing the results of their hard work at the final recitals was truly inspirational.  Thank you for being a part of this special community.  We look forward to seeing everyone back soon.  Information on Summer Lessons, Summer Camp, and the Fall Semester are below and we will be in touch this summer as well.  Have a great summer!  Thank you and see you soon, Ryan and Susanne

Please stay in touch.  Email us at any time.

1. SUMMER LESSONS:  Students (and parents) interested in continuing lessons during the summer break should send us an email at and we can give you specifics about what is available for your instrument and how to go about scheduling lessons.



4th Annual Bard Music Camp!! – July 7-19, 2014

Week 1 (July 7-12):  Ages 5-9 – Please Note: Only 3 spots left for Music Camp and Tennis Mini-Camp for Week 1 – ONLY 1 Spot Left (Age 8 or 9 only)!!!

Week 2 (July 14-19):  Ages 10-18 – Space still available for Music Camp and Tennis Mini-Camp

Applications can be found on the website:

  • June 2nd:  Regular Registration Deadline – after June 2nd $25 late fee applies (if spots are still available)

Please email us at if you have any questions.  We hope to see everyone at the Bard Music Camp this summer!


3. Fall 2014 Registration is Open!

Information is now on the WEBSITE

Applications are available here:  2014-2015 Prep application form

Deposits are due by August 8 to guarantee a spot!


2014-2015 Calendar

Fall Dates – 13 Saturdays (Tuesdays are still to be determined)

September 6 – December 13 (no classes October 11 or November 29)

Snow Date – December 20


Spring Dates – 13 Saturdays (Tuesdays tbd)

January 24 – May 9 (no classes February 14, March 28, April 4)

Snow Date #1 – May 16

Snow Date #2 – March 28


Bake Sale – Thanks for a Great Semester!

Thank you to all of the Bakers and Eaters this year that made the Bard Prep Bake Sale a huge success.  The funds generated by the Bake Sale are crucial to all aspects of the program and we are very grateful to everyone that participated.

The Bake Sale total for the Spring semester was an amazing $3,718.16 bringing the total for the 2013-2014 year to $7,633.66!

Save up your appetites and we will see you in September!

Nina Sanders Merit Award

Prep Student Nina Sanders will be heading off to boarding school next year.  To honor her time in the Bard Preparatory Division and to help further the mission of the Bard Preparatory Division, her parents have graciously decided to endow a scholarship that will be given to one Bard Prep student each year based on merit.

The Nina Sanders Merit Award will be awarded annually to a student who has shown consistent excellence in their music studies and a high level of personal integrity. The student will be expected to represent the Bard Preparatory Division in various outreach events throughout the year.

We are happy to announce that the scholarship committee has decided to award the first Nina Sanders Merit Award to Prep student Ethan Richman for the 2014-2015 year!  Ethan has shown exceptional commitment and dedication to the study of music in his 6 years at Prep and we have all witnessed his musical growth.  Congratulations Ethan!  We look forward to seeing and hearing what great things you will accomplish in the coming year.

This is a one-time award per student.  In Spring 2015, we will hold an application and audition round to determine the recipient 2015-2016 award.  More details will be coming in the Fall semester.  Practice hard!

Nina’s family hopes that the establishment of this award will encourage the pursuit of excellence for our students.  It is a big step for the Bard Prep program and we would like to thank Anne, Steve, and Nina again for their generous contribution to the musical life of our community!

Arbor Ridge Concert


On Sunday, May 4th Bard Prep Students visited the Arbor Ridge Retirement Home in Rhinebeck to perform for the residents.  The students sounded great and a good time was had by all.  Thank you to those who participated and thanks to Arbor Ridge for hosting us in this wonderful event.


Classifieds – 1/2 Size Violin for Sale, Practice Buddy List

  • 1/2 Size Violin for Sale: Mathias Lubocki Copy of Antonius Stradivarius made for Stammel Strings with Bobelock case/hygrometer.  No bow.  $900.00  If interested, contact Janet Stetson at –

If you are looking for or selling an instrument or any musical equipment this is your space.  Send the information to us at and we will post that information for you.


Last Week of the Semester at Bard Prep!

Another semester is coming to a close at Bard Prep.  Thank you to our parents, faculty, and, of course, our awesome students for a great semester.  We hope to see everyone back for the summer camp and/or the Fall 2014 Semester.

Registration Information for Summer Camp is HERE

Registration Information and Applications for Fall 2014 will be available on our Website Soon!

Please send us an email any time at if you have questions.

Thank you and see you soon,

Ryan and Susanne

Final Recital #2 this Saturday at 4 pm in Olin Hall

Final Recital #2 will take this Saturday at 4 pm in Olin Hall

Students and Groups Scheduled to Perform:

  • Children’s Chorus
  • Violin Ensemble
  • Junior String Ensemble
  • String Ensemble
  • Mozart Piano Quartet

Pianists:  Eleanor A, Ani AM, Lydia B, Riley B, Marco D, Wolf D, Emma D, Grace D, Lucas D, Owen D, Nico D, Richie D, Helen F, Lily G, Ben H, Wade H, Sonya-Julia K, Wini L, Sofia L, Beck L, Elischka L, Scarlett P, Emanuel RI, Arpi S, Nina S, Daniella T, MJ T, Calvin W, Silas W, John W, Theo W

Violinists:  Nora CJ, Grace D, Owen D, Malcolm G, Amy H, Isabel L, Anthony M, Jack N, Emanuel RI, Johnathan R, Ella S, Aubree Y

Clarinetists:  Bram F, Helen F

Cellists:  Owain H

Double Bassist:  Ben H

Guitarists:  Riley B, Gillian K, Harry W


Summer Lessons

Some of the Bard Prep faculty offer lessons in the summer.  If your teacher is not available during the summer, often we do have Bard Prep teachers that will be happy to teach you or your child during the break.

Students (and parents) interested in continuing lessons during the summer break should send us an email at and we can give you specifics about what is available for your instrument and how to go about scheduling lessons.